Tokyo: Barely 24 hours after a smaller quake had hit Kumamoto, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan’s same region on Friday night.
According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency a tsunami warning has also been issued. The advisory identifies the presence of a marine threat and have asked people to leave coastal regions situated near Ariake and Yatsushiro seas.
However, as per initial reports there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake’s epicentre was near the city of Kumamoto and measured at a depth of 40 km (25 miles).
The USGS minutes earlier reported a 7.1 earthquake with a depth of 7 km close to the same location.
Meanwhile, local broadcaster NHK said the advisory suggested a possible wave of one metre in height.
At least two people were killed and 45 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that had knocked down houses and buckled roads in southern Japan yesterday night.
“Both the victims were from the hardest-hit town of Mashiki, about 15 kilometres east of Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu,” Kumamoto prefecture disaster management official Takayuki Matsushita had said.
The USGS is now officially calling Thursday’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Japan as a foreshock.
Further details are awaited.
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